Algarve - Europe's Most Famous Secret

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Climate
All year round, the Algarve enjoys one of the best climates in Europe. 
With only a short period of rainfall (between November and March) and many hours of sunshine (the most in Europe), the Algarve region is blessed with mild temperatures.
It is a region endowed with beaches of fine white sand all along its extensive coastline and a calm sea with water temperatures of around 22°C in the summer. 
The daily high temperature in the Algarve varies throughout the year from 15ºC to 31°C and it never falls below zero in the winter. 
The average temperature in April is 20ºC. Check here the forecast.
 

 
Gastronomy
Typical menus may consist of fish and shellfish, with such dishes as Caldeirada de Peixe (fish-stew) or Cataplana de Amêijoas (clams steamed in a copper pan) or the traditional mountain food of stewed chickpeas and cabbage. 
Regional delicacies include figs, almonds, carobs and a brandy made from the locally grown Medronho (arbutus-berry) and which is made up in the hills in old copper stills.

 
Banks
Monday to Friday: 08:30h - 15:00h
Closed on Saturdays and official holidays.
 
 
Post Offices
Monday to Friday (except national holidays): 09:00h - 18:00h
Central post offices and those at airports are open on Saturdays.
Closed on weekends and official holidays.
 
 
Pharmacies
Monday to Friday: 09:00h - 13:00h / 15:00h - 19:00h
Saturday: 09:00h - 13:00h
 
 
Shops
Monday to Friday: 10:00h - 13:00h / 15:00h - 19:00h
From January to November shops close at 13:00h on Saturdays. In December they are open from Monday to Saturday from 09:00h to 13:00h and from 15:00h to 19:00h.
There are also many shopping malls openned from 10:00h to 24:00h.
 
 
Restaurants
Lunch service is from 12:00h to 15:00h and dinner from 19:00h to 22:00h.


Useful Telephone Numbers
Emergency Number - 112
Police Support Services for Tourists (Vilamoura) - +351 289 388 989
   

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